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Posted: September 2, 2016:  

Triathlon: USA Triathlon Elite Nationals Head to New Orleans Next Month

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- U.S. elite triathletes, including 2016 U.S. Olympians Ben Kanute and Katie Zaferes, will race for national titles and a share of a $10,000 prize purse on Oct. 2 at the 2016 USA Triathlon Elite National Championship, held at New Orleans' South Shore Harbor.

Ben Kanute won last year's Elite Nationals in Chicago. (Rich Cruse/

The elite triathletes vying for national titles will complete a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run on a multi-lap, spectator friendly course. The elite women will start at 11:30 a.m. CT, and the elite men will follow at 2 p.m. CT. Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) is the defending USA Triathlon Elite National Champion, and Zaferes (Hampstead, Md.) finished third last year among the women at Elite Nationals. Both represented the U.S. at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games, along with fellow past Elite National Champions Gwen Jorgensen (2015, 2014, 2013) and Joe Maloy (2014). A complete start list for the Oct. 2 event will be available closer to the event date, and more information is available at

USA Triathlon Elite Nationals headlines the inaugural Endurance Foundation Festival, which is also comprised of four age-group races: Olympic-distance triathlon, sprint triathlon, duathlon and aquabike. The age-group events kick off the race-day action in New Orleans, beginning at 7:30 a.m. CT on Oct. 2. Registration is open now at, with age-group athletes racing on a similar course layout as the elite athletes. Clubs may also form teams to compete in the Premier Club Championship.

Premier Event Management (PEM) will produce the 2016 USA Triathlon Elite National Championships and the Endurance Foundation Festival.

"We are excited to produce and host the Elite Championships for USA Triathlon on the same day as our inaugural Endurance Foundation Festival in the Crescent City," said Bill Burke, Owner and Race Director of PEM. "This is a great opportunity for our age-group athletes, local triathletes and fans of the sport to watch our recent Olympians compete with other elites."

Schedule (Subject to change)
Oct. 1, 2016
5:30 p.m. - Elite Athlete Meeting
Oct. 2, 2016
7:30 a.m. - Age-Group Olympic-Distance Triathlon begins
8:40 a.m. - Age-Group Sprint Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquabike begins
10 a.m. - Post Event Party
11:30 a.m. - Awards Presentation
11:30 a.m. - USA Triathlon Elite National Championship - Women
2 p.m. - USA Triathlon Elite National Championship - Men
Elite prize purse break down:
$5,000 per gender: 1st - $1,500; 2nd - $1,250; 3rd - $1,000; 4th - $750; 5th - $500

About Premier Event Management

Based in New Orleans, Premier Event Management (PEM) owns and manages some of the most widely recognized triathlon, running, cycling, endurance and multisport events in the world, including, New York City Triathlon, Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, The Nations Triathlon, IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans, the ET Naperville Sprint Triathlon, the Alpharetta IronKids Triathlon and the Des Moines Triathlon. Premier Event Management specializes in event development, production, management, and corporate sports marketing programs. For more information on Premier Events Management, please go to

About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 races and connects with nearly 500,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work with athletes, coaches and race directors on the grassroots level, USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

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